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Weekly IT Highlights on IaaS, IT Horror Stories, IT budgets, trends for cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on IaaS, IT Horror Stories, IT budgets, trends for cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on IaaS, IT Horror Stories, IT Budgets and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

IaaS Finding Favor Among Businesses

By eWeek

The survey found more than 80 percent of IaaS customers surveyed are running production workloads on IaaS, and 70 percent of current IaaS customers use cloud storage services. This was followed by 58 percent of respondents who are using cloud servers, while 53 percent are leveraging disaster recovery services using IaaS. More than three-quarters (78 percent) of respondents reported that it was also important that their cloud service providers' infrastructure technologies were compatible with their internal private cloud /virtualized data center. 
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Avoid these classic software development mistakes

By Justin James

Project management is never an exact science, but when you combine it with the vagaries of software development, you have a recipe for disaster. I have seen a fair number of common mistakes that project managers make when working with software development projects. Some of these mistakes are not exclusive to software development, but they are especially prevalent and damaging in that context. 
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The Battle of Titans: What it all means for IT managers caught in the middle

By CloudSecurityAlliance

IYet despite the lack of Apple's business credentials, IT managers must evolve to meet the increasingly demanding needs of their users and the changing requirements of the role. Put simply, this means that they can no longer procure from a single enterprise vendor – they need to open up to multiple providers and be ready to accept and manage consumer devices. The good news is that there are vendors who can help fill the growing security and management holes that have appeared in this new mobile computing environment. One of them, perhaps surprisingly, is that old friend of the IT department, Research In Motion. 
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Experts Forecast IT Budgets For 2013

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Are we prepared for 2013, will we see IT budgets grow? What skills will be in demand? Where will cuts come in? Recently we consolidated surveys and opinions for how the IT budget and strategy will come together in 2013.
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IT and data center nightmare to keep you awake

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

With today's dynamics and complexity, nothing can screw up a well-managed IT environment faster than the people it was built for. Whether it's a missed patch, a developer change, or even user error, IT's job is rarely predictable. So in honor of the scary Halloween season, we'll take a look at the dark side of IT with a list of IT nightmares and horror stories.
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12 effective habits of indispensable IT pros

By Dan Tynan

Ditch the slackers, take on dirty work, do it with data -- here's how to get the inside track on a highly rewarding career in IT 
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The Chief Data Officer Rises

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

For 2013 and beyond, experts are anticipating the advent of the role of Chief Data Officer to better understand when business units should be looking for answers in the company's data, treating data as a strategic asset.
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IT under big data barrage

By Irfan Khan

Companies average 28 sources of incoming data, yet less than one-fourth of the information is available for analytical scrutiny 
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10 mistakes you might be making with your data center

By Jack Wallen

Certain common pitfalls and planning mistakes can cancel out data center benefits, like enhanced reliability and cost savings. Here's what to watch out for. 
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The Perils of Cloud Hopping

By Doug Barney

A true private cloud should be relatively easy, technically, to move this way. And that move lets you escape large capital expenses and move to a leasing model. The best part is without CAPEX and the need to personally build out infrastructure, there is less barrier to launching new systems. 
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The 7 scariest monsters in tech

By Dan Tynan

Witness the bloodthirsty Warewolves who use software audits to squeeze more money from you, BYOD Vampires who suck down all the bandwidth from critical business apps, and mindless Keyboard Zombies who lose sensitive data and introduce malware to the network. You'll also need to be wary of malicious insiders (Ghosts in the Machine), attackers with an agenda (Frankenhackers), and rogue admins who threaten to hold your data ransom (Crypto Keepers). 
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When Incremental IT Change Won't Cut It

By Rob Preston

Early on, in talking with colleagues and employees about their views of the company's IT, Gupta says he heard three main complaints: IT doesn't deliver what we need; we can't get the information we need when we need it; and we have too many systems that don't interoperate. 
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Why IT Failure Is Key to Success

By Mansur Hasib

Such an atmosphere could be deadly for innovation within any organization, but more so in an IT organization. Organizations and IT leaders that do not tolerate mistakes -- or innovative failures -- are likely to stagnate. Fear of retribution will reduce productivity and creativity and may cause the most valuable and innovative employees to leave. 
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Does Hurricane Sandy Reignite the Desktop Virtualization Conversation?

By Elias Khnaser

I am sure someone will make the case for having laptops and a VPN and my immediate rebuttal is, I sure hope you have enough VPN capacity for all the workers that are about to connect and I sure hope they did not forget their laptops on their desks. I also would add that I hope you have tested all these applications running over the VPN with the capacity of users expected. 
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Virtualizing applications and virtual server migration best practices

By Julia Anderson

More often than not, the benefits outweigh the risks. But virtualizing applications present some hurdles. For example, some independent software vendors (ISVs) don't support their server-based applications on virtual servers and some CIOs are reluctant to virtualize mission-critical workloads. 
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Manage licences and virtual machines to avoid VM sprawl

By Clive Longbottom

The good side of being able to implement a runtime application rapidly is seen in hosted systems, cloud computing and private datacentres; but the bad side is seen most in development and test departments, and is spreading out into the runtime. 
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Data centers batten down as Hurricane Sandy blows in

By Barb Darrow

Data centers up and down the eastern seaboard went into emergency mode to keep up and running as Hurricane Sandy churned northwards. But the key to survivabilty is not last-minute prep but long-running practices. 
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Why BYOD Is B-A-D for Enterprise IT

By Christine Parizo

An employee could quit or be terminated, with downloaded data still on the phone or tablet that, technically, the ex-employee owns. Or, the employee could trade in his or her old phone without wiping it, leaving sensitive data just waiting for whoever purchases the refurbished phone.
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IT has never been easier -- or harder

By Paul Venezia

Mind you, we haven't reduced complexity -- IT systems are more complex than ever before -- but there's much less manual labor involved and fewer repetitive tasks. We've been working on abstraction of IT fundamentals, moving things up the chain. This requires significantly more planning and effort at the outset, but the rewards and savings are instantly realized and quickly surpass the cost of the initial effort.
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10 reasons open source will survive the apocalypse

By Jack Wallen

When the apocalypse hits, only one side of the software fence will survive and that side is open source. And when the sky falls and the undead arise from the dirt, it'll be open source that helps bring the population back together.
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